Louis van Gaal: Manchester United didn’t play well against Aston Villa


He told reporters: “It’s about results, so regardless of how we played in patches today we are relegated”. Hollis’s apology could nearly be a personal one to him. We intend to restore Aston Villa Football Club to its rightful place.

“We are fully focused on both tasks”. That isn’t down to bad luck. To make such a claim would be insulting to each and every one of you.

“With his understanding of the English game he would have given it a better go than Remi Garde”. What a dream debut season it is turning out to be for 18-year old academy graduate Marcus Rashford.

Marcus Rashford’s strike shortly after the half-hour mark sealed Villa’s fate on what was a relatively comfortable afternoon for United, who really should have put the game beyond all doubt before Rudy Gestede saw an effort bundled off the goalline and hit the post late on. A lot of people don’t realise he’s done that.

“I wouldn’t have thought he’d be sitting back over the last 12 months, he would have been putting together a portfolio of players”. “I’m very happy that we have the ability to pick up youngsters out of the academy”. I hope that I’m still alive to see that happen’. But there was no reason why they couldn’t have done it against Villa.

Villa supporters have made their displeasure with the manner in which the club has been run clear for much of the season. This week, the club cancelled its player of the year awards.

The reality, of course, is that there will be staff redundancies, an overhaul of the playing squad and a new management team.

However, with Villa still bottom of the table, the former Arsenal midfielder lasted only 147 days in the role before he was dismissed in March, with Eric Black taking temporary charge.

“Yes I wanted to change him”, said the boss.

Black experienced relegation with Birmingham and knows the next few months will not be easy for a team that has just seen 28 seasons of top-flight football come to an end.

Chris Smalling was United’s best centre-half during the first half of the season but since Christmas it’s been Daley Blind.

His return has presented Van Gaal with a problem.

However, their pressure paid off in the 32nd minute when Wayne Rooney sent Antonio Valencia away down the right and his pull-back into the middle of the area found Rashford, who turned well and fired low past Brad Guzan. In the FA Cup quarter-final at West Ham on Wednesday night, United had been in compelling form. Aston Villa have looked certainties for the drop since November.


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